Donation Fund Update #2: Helping Get Families Home for the Holidays

This year has been our most successful “in lieu of tips” donation collection ever: we have exceeded $5,000 in donations at the Corner Market this season. (And counting, by the way! If you’d like to contribute, we’ll be accepting donations until 12 noon on Christmas Eve.) With Cox Farms’ match, we’ve collected more than $10,000 to support local families in need! Yesterday we described our $5,000 donation to Our Daily Bread, to provide holiday gifts for 200 local kids whose families are struggling. Obviously, since we’re talking about $10,000, that’s only half the story…so here’s Update #2:

For the past two years, we have used all remaining funds (after going overboard with gifts for our sponsored Our Daily Bread families) to support one of our other favorite community organizations, Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) and their Manassas campus, SERVE. Specifically, we have purchased thousands of dollars in gift cards to ensure that their clients and shelter residents- particularly the children- received gifts for the holidays.

This year, when I contacted SERVE to discuss our plans, I learned about the “Re-Housing 50 Families in 100 Days” initiative they have undertaken for the holiday season, part of a statewide effort to end family homelessness. SERVE points out that “toys and clothes are quickly outgrown, but a home can provide a lifetime of safety and security.” (In addition, SERVE assured us that they have received enough gift cards through other holiday donations to ensure that all the children at the shelter will receive gifts.)

Indeed, when it was brought to our team, everyone agreed that helping homeless families to secure stable housing would be the best gift imaginable. SERVE provides two great options for supporting this important work, and we’re excited to be contributing to both this season. First, we are using our funds to assemble a “Welcome Home” basket for a family that is moving from a shelter into stable housing; these baskets include household basics that quickly add up, from bed linens to bath towels to plates. We will be donating the rest of our funds to support SERVE’s Re-Housing fund, with donations that will provide a couple families with the financial support to get them “home for the holidays” (typically provided in the form of first month’s rent and security deposits).

While this form of giving is perhaps less flashy and not quite as ‘warm-and-fuzzy’ as giving gifts to children at a shelter, we’re confident that the ultimate impact on our community will be deep and long-lasting for the families touched by our donation. We’re thrilled to be able to contribute to both NVFS/SERVE and Our Daily Bread in support of the important work these organizations do.

Cox Farms is blessed to have such generous customers and employees. Thank you for being part of this community of compassion. I hope you share my sense of awe and pride and gratitude regarding this incredible difference we’re making together  I can’t think of a better way to end 2013!

Donation Fund Update #1: Christmas Gifts for 200 Local Kids!

Thanks to our generous customers, we're donating $10,000 to organizations dedicated to supporting local families in need.

Thanks to our generous customers, we’re donating $10,000 to organizations dedicated to supporting local families in need.

Back in November, we shared our excitement about the upcoming winter season, and along with it, our third year of accepting donations in lieu of tips, and using those funds to support local families in need. Now that our season is wrapping up, here’s Update #1:

This year, we made our donations effort more visible and posted signs committing us to a goal of “Christmas Gifts for 100 Children!” Between our generous customers and Cox Farms’ matching funds, each year has been better than the last, and 2013 is no exception. Instead of limiting our assistance to a handful of families, for 2013 we went bigger: we achieved “Wish Granter” status as a program sponsor of Our Daily Bread’s Holiday Program, donating a whopping $5,000 to provide holiday gifts for 200 local children.

Clearly, we have surpassed our original goal of providing gifts for 100 kids. But that’s only half the story… tomorrow we’ll share more great news about the impact of our 2013 holiday donations.